Catoosa Man Pleads Guilty To Wire Fraud, Money Laundering And Failure To Pay Employment Tax
MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced that DAVID GLENN MOORE, JR., age 49, of Catoosa, Oklahoma, entered a guilty plea yesterday to an Information filed on May 26, 2016 charging MOORE with WIRE FRAUD, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343, punishable by not more than 20 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000.00 fine or both; MONEY LAUNDERING, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1956(a)(1)(A)(i), punishable by not more than 20 years imprisonment, up to a $500,000.00 fine or both; and FAILURE TO ACCOUNT AND PAY OVER EMPLOYMENT TAX, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7202, punishable by not more than 5 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000.00 fine or both and a CRIMINAL FORFEITURE ALLEGATION.
The Information alleged during the period of on or about July 1, 2009 through on or about June 12, 2014, defendant MOORE, the former Executive Director of the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC), devised and intended to devise a scheme to defraud TACC, and to obtain money and property by means of materially false and fraudulent pretenses, representations and promises. The Information further alleged that the Manner and Means of the scheme to defraud included the following:
- MOORE used a debit card on the TACC checking account to make unauthorized Automated Teller Machine (ATM) transactions for cash and to make unauthorized purchases and ATM withdrawals at casinos, racetracks and online gaming websites.
- MOORE caused checks from the TACC checking account to be made payable to MOORE and also caused checks from the TACC checking account to be made payable to “Cash” which he negotiated and kept the money.
- MOORE, acting without the consent or authority of the TACC Board of Directors, applied for and obtained an unauthorized loan from Bank of Cherokee County, a financial institution involved in interstate and foreign commerce. MOORE also obtained unauthorized loans from various individuals.
During the term of the scheme to defraud, MOORE defrauded TACC, and unlawfully obtained approximately $439,660.62. The Information further alleged that MOORE willfully failed to truthfully account for and pay over to the Internal Revenue Service payroll taxes totaling $45,556 for the years 2011, 2012 and 2013 which were due and owing to the United States on behalf of the TACC and its employees.
The charges are a result of an investigation by the Tahlequah Police Department, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, the Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector, and the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigative Division.
Assistant United States Attorney Christopher Wilson represented the United States.